THE DASH

You may have read this poem before but it is worth a reread.  It has some great truth in it.  This poem was written by Linda Ellis. The words have changed many lives.  They could change yours too.

“I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend
He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning…to the end.
He noted that first came her date of birth and spoke the following date with tears.
But he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.
(1934-1998)

For that dash represents all the time that she spent alive on earth…
And now only those who loved her know what that little line is worth.   
For it matters not,  how much we own; the cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard…Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left, that can still be rearranged.
If we could just slow down enough to consider what’s true and real.
And always try to understand the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger, and show appreciation more. 
And love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile.
Remembering that this special dash may last only a little while. 

So, when your eulogy’s being read with your life’s actions to rehash…
Would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent our dash?”

May I say to all of you who receive my weekly devotional, I am glad that you are in and are a part of my dash.

Our dash, our lifetime, may be short or long.  It not the length that matters, it is the quality.  What you put into the dash that makes the difference in your life and in the lives of those with whom you have to do.  I have only one life to live, it is only what’s done for Christ that will last.  With the Apostle Paul, I declare, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”   

One Response to “THE DASH”

  1. Thanks Max. You always hit the nail on the head for me (and others, I am sure). I am headed to Washington this week and will pray to add more patience — to my dash.
    Love y’all,
    Jim

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